This text was about a volcano that is erupting in Hawaii. The Kilauea volcano in Hawaii has destroyed 26 homes, but so far hasn’t killed or injured anybody. The day after there was a 6.9 magnitude earthquake, the strongest earthquake since 1975. Kilauea is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. It has been erupting constantly for 35 years. When they say constantly erupting, does it mean it has been spilling lava out for 35 years, or just been bubbling inside? Will they be able to go back to their homes afterwards, or will the gas stop them? It would be kinda cool and exciting but scary to be in Hawaii while the volcano is erupting but also bad because your home gets destroyed but at least you can say you survived a volcano.
This video was about two kids who live in the outback. Right now, almost 90 per cent of Queensland is officially in drought. It is the most widespread drought recorded in the state. Drought is when there’s hardly any rain for sometimes years at a time. That means it can be hard to grow crops, or even grass to feed animals. Angus is suffering from drought in Hughenden, in Queensland, where it can get up to 48 degrees. How long has the drought been going for? How do they get to school and stuff; by car, bus, train or something else? It is quite hard living in the outback, but pretty fun too.
This video was about two earthquakes that occurred in the ring of fire. Two earthquakes happened on the school holidays in Samoan and Sumatra. Some of the largest earthquakes we’ve seen have happened in the ring of fire, an trail of land. The thin, cool layer that floats on top of the earth is called the crust. It is made up of tectonic plates, which quite a few meet up along the ring of fire. Underneath the crust is molten hot lava. Is there another type of plate? What are tectonic plates made of? Earthquakes can really actually happen anywhere, not just in specific places.
This video was about some Australian cricketers tampering with the ball. Steve smith tampered with the ball in a test match. He rubbed some yellow sandpaper on the ball so that it would spin differently. After, he got banned for 12 months and made an emotional apology. Why did he do that? Who won the match? Sometimes people get desperate to win.
This video was about the history of voting. In 1843 women couldn’t vote. In 1903, women were allowed to vote but Australian Aboriginals couldn’t. Finally, in 1963 you had to be over 21 to vote. Why weren’t aboriginals allowed to vote? When could 18 year olds vote? It was unfair if you were a woman or aboriginal back in the day.
This video was about how a bill becomes a law. A bill is a suggested law. A bill needs to go through the house of representatives to be law. It also needs to go through the senate. Finally, it has to go through the governor- general, the Queen’s representative. Can the Governor- General say no to a law? How long does the whole process take? It is a very long process for a bill to become a law.
This video was about the three levels of government and what powers they have. There are three types of government; Federal, state/territory and local. Federal takes care of defense, trade, immigration, stuff with other countries, money, taxes, communications and the environment. State takes care of health, education, mining, agriculture, police, courts, roads, trains, law and order and public transport. Finally, local takes care of local roads, garbage, pets, local buildings and permits. Are state and federal both in parliament house? What does the house of representatives do? Federal has more power than state, but state has more power than local.
This BTN was about how the government is planning to get rid of group voting tickets. Right now people get to order their favourite senate candidates from one to the end, which can take a while. Most people don’t want to fill out all of them, so instead they just vote for their number one and let that candidate decide the rest. That’s known as a group voting ticket. Smaller parties often make preference deals, which is where one small party agrees to preference another small party, so they are more likely to get elected. When was this rule made? What is a senate? I reckon it’s cool how they came up with the group voting ticket system and how it works.
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This BTN was about how and why the Greeks came up with democracy. The ancient Greeks came up with democracy. Democracy comes from two Greek words; Demos- People and Kratos- Power or rule. Monarchy means that the country is ruled by a king or queen born into royalty. When did democracy change to representative democracy? What is a country that is in anarchy? Back in ancient Greece it was unfair if you were a slave or a woman.
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This video was about how old the Harry Potter books are. The Harry Potter series is 20 years old. Quidditch is now an actual sport. The Philosopher’s stone was rejected by publishers many times and initially only 500 copies were made. It has been translated into 73 different languages. When was the first Harry Potter book drafted? When was the final Harry Potter book made? Harry Potter wasn’t actually made that long ago.